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Voice actress of ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’, TARAKO, passes away at 63 – The Gunma prefecture native long served as the iconic voice of Maruko.

Voice actress TARAKO passed away at the age of 63 on March 4th. She was loved for many years as the main character, Maruko, in the popular anime Chibi Maruko-chan.

TARAKO had been voicing the character Maruko in Chibi Maruko-chan since it began airing on January 7, 1990. Her unique voice and acting were loved by people of all ages. The character and voice of Maruko became a symbol of the anime, and TARAKO’s performance made a big impression on the audience.

TARAKO, who kept her real name private, was from Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, and had been working as a voice actress since the 1980s. Her work, especially in Chibi Maruko-chan, was widely recognized and her contributions were valued beyond the animation industry.

Her death was announced by Fuji Television, and the words of tribute reflect how much she was respected and loved. It was also reported that her funeral was attended only by close relatives.

The memories of TARAKO, who was loved by many fans and peers, will remain forever, along with the characters she created. Her death is a great loss, but the world she built will continue forever.


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